Ah, Emmanuel Frimpong. A player who has somehow lodged himself into the memory of just about every football for absolutely no reason other than the fact he has done a few videos on social media with cousin Lethal Bizzle. Don’t know who he is either? Well, we are not surprised.
It was not too long ago that Emanuel Frimpong was dancing to the tune of Arsenal’s next big thing (maybe an exaggeration). Operating as a defensive midfielder with plenty of aggression, grit and power on paper he was everything a toothless Arsenal had been missing since the departure of Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Viera.
On paper, anyhow.
In reality, Frimpong was an entirely different beast, and not in a good way. Aggression is all well and good if it is mediated by a calculated footballing brain. You know, a proper tactician who evaluates and assesses the success of every possible move and executes accordingly – the very thing Emmanuel Frimpong was not.
The Ghanaian was like a bull in a china shop painted red. Or in football terms, a total and utter liability. In his first opportunity to impress then manager Arsene Wenger, Frimpong managed to get him sent off for a silly challenge on Lucas. You only get a couple of chances to impress on the big stage and he wasted his there and then.
In the proceeding years, he was shipped out to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic, Fulham and sunny Barnsley before moving on a free to Russian side FK UFA. And just three years later, he swapped the bitter cold of the east for Allsvenskan outfit AFC Eskilstuna. Just one year and ten appearances later, he found himself playing for Ermis Arradippou.
And if you find yourself wondering who they are, you need not waste your time.
If you live by the sword you die by the sword, and through his Twitter. Frimpong announced his premature retirement from football aged just 27.
“It is with great sadness I have decided to retire from professional football,
“I have had problems with my knee for the last five years or so and have got back to playing at a professional level.
“But since November 2017 I haven’t been in action as I had a tear in my knee ligament.”
A not so ‘dench’ end to a not so ‘dench’ career.
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